by David J. Stewart
John 12:43, “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
Please understand that I'm not condemning anybody, God forbid. I'm just taking a Biblical stand for God against the sexually-suggestive, worldly and even satanic music which many professed Christian singers promote today. We ought not condemn sinners, for the Bible condemns all humanity; but when someone parades and publicly promotes wickedness, Christians are instructed to expose the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
Unchristian “Christian” Entertainers
It’s trendy. It’s hip. And it sells. Rock bands gyrating on stage, seducing “teens and tweens” to fall in love with them. And now Christian bands are doing it! Christian leaders tout that it’s a way to get the message of Jesus across to a young audience. But who is really listening to the message when the band’s actions are no different than secularist bands? What are these Christian leaders saying?
We shouldn’t seek “to sell” the message of Christ to anyone. The Gospel speaks for itself. Christ is not a marketing gimmick, the latest fad, or the next religious guru. Yet, as Christ said, "By their fruits you shall know them." Christianity has sadly become a business, and entrepreneurs are cropping up every where. And they are making a merchandise of young people. It’s not about the message. It’s all about the money. Christianity has become a billion dollar-a-year industry in America.
Christian leaders are cashing in. Nearly everyone wants to make money. Nearly everyone loves money more than God. Want to sing a song for Christ, have girls fall all over themselves for you, make your carnal parents proud, and rake in the cash all at the same time? Start a Christian rock band. And your first song can be: “Selling out isn’t that hard to do.”
Look at these photos of the band members of Avalon. They look as worldly as can be! Are those hand signs being made? Don't doubt it, you'd be shocked if you knew just how many entertainers, politicians, and other influential people flash subtle hand signs. For the shocking proof, see CODEX MAGICA, by author Texe Marrs.
Satan has crept his way into the modern world of music and entertainment. Should it be surprising that CCM group, ZOEgirl would perform on a PRAISEFEST cruise ship that also featured an occult magician. Or how about CCM band, MercyMe, performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (a show that also promotes homosexuals and porn stars). And what song did they perform? Amazing Grace? No ... Rocking Around The Christmas Tree!!!
As I Lay Dying is also recognized as a "Christian" band, and they performed at Ozzfest 2005!!! Who's kidding who? The Devil owns the CCM industry!!! As Christians, God said that He wanted us to come out of the world and be separate (2nd Corinthians 6:14-17). The entire CCM gang is as worldly as can be. They sing about a vague Christ. Their lyrics are ambiguous. None of them present the Gospel of Jesus Christ on their website. The world loves them because they are worldly. Jesus stated, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own..." (John 15:19). CCM artists are loved by the sinful world. The result is not more people being saved; BUT, rather, more apostasy and compromise.
Having said that, please understand that no Christian is perfect. The issue is not against anyone personally. I don't condemn anyone, God forbid. We are all guilty, dirty, rotten, hell-deserving sinners. The issue is against worldly music being sang in Jesus' name. The issue is against those who bring worldliness into the Church and attempt to justify it. I am not judging anyone; but rather, taking a Biblical stand against sin.
Beware, the Universal Jesus!
AVALON is another crossless CCM (contemporary Christian music) group, who sing about a vague, undefined, and inoffensive Christ. To the ignorant Christian, Avalon might seem like an acceptable music group. I mean, they sing about Jesus, right? BUT, as we are warned about in the Scriptures, there are many false Christ's in the world...
"For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect." —Mark 13:22
"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." —2nd Corinthians 11:4
Did you read that... "ANOTHER JESUS"! The Devil is guilty of identity theft! In this dark hour of apostasy and false religion everywhere we turn, God wants His children more than ever to contend for the faith, and defend their Savior.
America, more than ever, is being overwhelmed with New Age, false religions and occultism. Oprah Winfrey has influence over millions of people. In fact, her show receives between 15 to 20 million viewers every day! According to singer, Faith Hill, Oprah Winfrey "surrendered all" to Jesus; BUT, it is clear from Oprah's own words that she wasn't surrendering to Jesus Christ. Oprah is a big time New Ager! Oprah has clearly stated that Jesus cannot possibly be the only way to Heaven. Such evil modernists need to be exposed. Oprah Winfrey is leading millions of people AWAY from Jesus Christ, and into Hell.
The Devil is woefully deceiving the masses today with a FALSE Jesus, an undefined Jesus, an ambiguous Jesus, a one size fits all Jesus—a UNIVERSAL Jesus!
In sharp contrast, the Word of God presents Jesus as the Son of God (John 3:16), the Saviour (Luke 2:11), Almighty God (John 10:33; 1st Timothy 3:16), the Creator of the universe (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16), the Father (Isaiah 9:6), sinless (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15), virgin born (Isaiah 7:14), etc.
The Devil is working relentlessly to steal Christ's identity, in order to deceive people. The best way to deceive people is to lead them to like Jesus, sing about Jesus, even praise Jesus; BUT, never believe upon Jesus as personal Savior. There are tens-of-millions of people who think very highly of Jesus Christ; BUT, they've never been born again. It's just religion to them. To them, Jesus is no more special than Martin Luther King Jr., Socrates or Gandhi.
The Barren CCM Industry
Christian Pop and Rock has never led anyone to anything but worldliness. I am so wearied with professed Christian singers who claim to want to reach others for God, while getting rich and never taking a stand for anything. I'd much rather listen to honest heathen singers any day, than to listen to dishonest CCM rockers who masquerade as Christians. Avalon's music is devilish and sensual.
According to band member Jody Mcbrayer in an interview...
"Our mission statement has always been, of course, to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people through music." -SOURCE
If that's true Jody, then why don't you present the plan of salvation, the Gospel, on your website? Why hide the Gospel?
The Word of God NEVER instructed us to sing the Gospel to people, it told us to PREACH the Gospel (1st Corinthians 1:18). God chose preaching, not singing to get the Gospel out, "...it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe" (verse 21).
The Oak Ridge Boys started out singing Gospel music, but with fame went into the world. They started out singing Gospel songs, but then ended up glorifying sin just like the world. Christian rock is a TROJAN HORSE! It is a bridge to the sinful world. CCM performers are making money, and lots of it!
Christian Women Shouldn't Wear Pants!
1st Timothy 2:9 commands, "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." Women didn't start wearing pants in America until the rock-n-roll culture infected our nation in the 1950's. As America became subverted, more and more women forsook their femininity in exchange for feminism.
We read in Deuteronomy 22:5, "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God." In case you're confused as to whether pants belong on a man or a woman, look carefully at EVERY bathroom sign in America and you'll see that women wear dresses and men wear pants.
Women that wear pants are identifying themselves with a rock-n-roll culture of immoral sex, substance abuse and rebellion. You can't argue with the facts, women didn't wear pants until rock-n-roll came to America!
The thing that bothers me the most is that CCM artists have influence over millions of people and yet hide the Gospel. I triple-dog dare you to show me the website of any mainstream CCM performer who presents the Biblical Gospel. Good luck finding it! I have much more respect for honest heathen entertainers, than I do for dishonest CCM artists who masquerade as Christians.
Does This Look Like Jesus is Getting the Praise?
Take a good look at the photo to the right and decide for yourself if it looks like Jesus is being praised here. Why all the multicolored lights? It looks like a nightclub!
Do you think Christ is being honored when professed "Christians" strut across a stage, with flashing strobe lights, blasting guitars, worldly dress, and CHARGE people money to hear them "present the Gospel"? What a bunch of phonies!
How can Avalon claim that their goal has always been "to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people through music"; BUT, then charge people to hear their music. Is the Gospel for sale?
And why don't they freely share the Gospel on their website with their fans? It's all about money! It is an insult to God for anyone to claim to sing the Gospel, and charge people money to hear it. Who's kidding who?
CCM is Continually Being Compared to Worldly Artists; NOT, Jesus Christ!
Here's what one of Avalon's music reviews had to say about them...
"Sometimes called "the Christian ABBA," because of its two-man/two-woman line-up and taste for sparkling production values, Avalon actually has more in common stylistically with contemporary divas like Celine Dion and Shania Twain." —SOURCE
Why are CCM artists continually being COMPARED to the unsaved world? The answer is obvious, because they are of the world themselves! Carefully notice that NO ONE ever compares these co-called "Christians" to Christ. Instead, they are compared to ABBA, Celine Dion, and Shania Twain!!! Avalon is bad news for Christian young people!
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